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Baseball

Champion

¯ COACH: Rick Yauger (7th year, 90-22)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Zach Bickel (Sr.) ***, Jack O’Shaughnessy (Jr.) **, Adam Fisher (Sr.) ***, Aaron Ellsworth (Sr.) ***, Brandon Dykes (Sr.) **, Joey Fell (So.) *, Tyler Skaggs (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Marcus Aulizia (Sr.), Jaden Hayslett (Sr.), Kale Klingeman (Jr.), Collin Brainard (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Flashes are excited to be back on the field and are working hard to compete. With a challenging non-conference schedule and a tough league, Champion will be battle-tested come tournament time.

Lordstown

¯ COACH: Mitch Blake (2nd year, 1-6)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Ethan Gearhart (Sr.) **, Vince Spano (Sr.) **, Bobbie Turner (Jr.) *, Kaiden Anthony (Jr.) *, Alex Sherry (Jr.) *, Jacob Fleming (Jr.) *, Aidian Edwards (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Brandon Baird (So.), Caden Minor (Fr.), J.T. Adams (Fr.), Zach Williams (Fr.), George Halas (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The motto this season for the Red Devils is “adapt and overcome.”

Bristol

¯ COACH: Jeff Thompson (11th year, 111-85)

¯ 2019 SEASON: 18-7 (district finalist)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Jeremy Miller (Sr.) **, Nick Church (Jr.) *, Jonny Stephens (Jr.) *, Garrett Roach (Jr.) *, Hadyn Mahan (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Mikey Burbach (Fr.), Brent Songer (Fr.), Logan Zirzow (Fr.), Jayden Miller (Fr.), Hunter Johnson (Fr.), Zach Burns (Sr.), Zack McKay (Sr.), Brandon Buzzelli (Sr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Panthers have five returning letterwinners from the 2019 district final team, plus some promising young players. Time will tell how a year off will effect the team. Their goal is to improve as the season goes on. They’re just happy to be able to play.

Jackson-Milton

¯ COACH: Matt Ruby (2nd year)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Scarlet Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Mason Robison (Sr.) ***, Frank Prozy (Sr.) ***, Aaren Landis (Sr.) ***, Gavin Hutcherson (Sr.) **, Cole Grope (Sr.) *, Logan Sokol (Jr.) **, Jake Gross (Jr.) **

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Gavin Sahli (Sr.), Billy Sloan (So.), Aaren Romigh (So.), Cayden Mitchell (Fr.), Owen McDevitt (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: WIth a veteran team, the Blue Jays except to compete for the Scarlet title. The success of the pitching staff will be a key factor in the team’s success.

Garfield

¯ COACH: Mike Paes (6th year, 50-68)

¯ 2019 SEASON: 13-14 (lost to Grand Valley in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*letters won): Shawn Barber (Sr.) **, Joe Perrine (Jr.) *, Anthony Demma (Jr.) *, Brody Swigonski (Jr.) *, Ryan Stoller (Jr.) *, Kaidan Spade (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Lenny Veccia, Eric Geddes, Ethan Cmunt, Jacob Britton, Noah Eggert, Vinnie Grandizo

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The G-Men have plenty of talent on the mound this season and most of their players were fortunate enough to play summer ball last season, so rust wont impact them as much. With plenty of depth all around, Garfield looks to make a stamp on the league and district.

Softball

Lordstown

¯ COACH: Kim Strimple

¯ 2019 SEASON: 12-8

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Lexie Drewek (Sr.) ***, Julia Durig (Sr.) ***, Paris Jones (Jr.) **

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Emma Urchek (So.), Madison Kihm (So.), Piper Click (Fr.), Breah Johnson (So.), Genrty Simmons (Jr.), Amanda Chambers (Jr.), Emily Knox (Sr.), Lily Simones (Sr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With a 12-player roster, the Red Devils are going to need contributions from everyone on the roster in order to have a successful season. With the team at 100 percent health and assuming all play to their potential, Lordstown expects to have a good season.

Bristol

¯ COACH: Alisha Kugler (4th year, 37-11)

¯ 2019 SEASON: 19-5 (district champions)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Brooklyn Mullenax (Sr.) ***, Brittany Mooney (Sr.) **, Billie Miller (Jr.) **, Jaylyn Mullenax (Jr.) **, Alexis Shafer (Jr.) **, Ashley Bahrey (Jr.) *, Megan King (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Julia Howser (So.), Nadia Ashick (Fr.), Leah Perris (Fr.), Lilly Sumpter (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: An experienced junior and senior class will lead the way for the Panthers this year. The leadership of the upperclassmen will help bridge the gap created by last year’s missed season. They’re eager to continue the success of prior seasons and have been focused on becoming a strong defensive team to support the pitching staff.

Bloomfield

¯ COACH: Amanda Ihrig (3rd year, 6-10)

¯ 2019 SEASON: 6-10

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Olivia Foster (Sr.) **, Ruth Kaiser (Sr.) **, Paige Haskins (Sr.) **, Hailey Root (Sr.) **, Alyssa Fenstermaker (Jr.) *, Alley Phillips (Jr.) *, Delilan Post (Jr.) *, Erica Westfall (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Abigail Foster (So.), Kyla Shaffer (Jr.), Ava Chapin (So.), Miranda Fultz (So.), Maddie Koon (Fr.), Klarissa Wilfong (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals look to improve off their program-high six wins in 2019 with a strong returning class of four seniors.

Garfield

¯ COACH: Thomas VanKirk (1st year)

¯ 2019 SEASON: 8-11

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Sommer Bourne (Sr.) ***, Alyssa Kleinmon (Sr.) **, Catarena Sommers (Sr.) ***, Ella Bronn (Jr.) **, Candance McGronahan (Jr.) **, Annabelle Moore (Jr.) **, Sydney Seaman (Jr.) **

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kelsey Frosch (Jr.), Kynddll Mahn (So.), Riley Swigonski (So.), Kaitlynn Thompson (So.), Montana McGranahan (Fr.), Elizabeth Moore (Fr.), MiKayla Swigonski (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The G-Men expect to contend for the league title this season. The girls are hungry and motivated. They expect to use their entire bench to their advantage.

Boys track

Bloomfield

¯ COACH: Nancy Sampson

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): none

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Gracien Hall (So.), Ben Sly (So.), Hunter Pequingnot (Fr.), Lucas Whelchel (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have a young team looking for improvement.

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